With firefighters flanked on either side saluting, a 16-year-old dog from Houston walked into a veterinary clinic in Cypress to be euthanized Monday. The golden retriever, Bretagne, was the last known living search dog who responded after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and helped locate human remains in the rubble, the Associated Press reports.
Bretagne was 2 years old when she and handler Denise Corliss were sent to the World Trade Center site where they spent 10 days searching through the rubble. She was nominated for a Hero Dog Award by the American Humane Association in 2014, and met with former President George H.W. Bush last year.
Texas Task Force 1, to which Bretagne belonged, took to Facebook to share pictures of the animal and share a message:“Rest in peace girl. We have it from here.”
He’s doesn’t have dreads, drop-crotch pants or a face tattoo, but Clint Tuttle, a lecturer at UT’s McCombs School of Business, does share a couple of things in common with Justin Bieber. Namely, they both play guitar, and they’re both really passionate about something. Singing, presumably, for J.B (or drop crotch pants?). And what really gets Tuttle going? Microsoft Excel.
As a treat for his students on their last day of class, Tuttle performed a rendition of Bieber’s “Love Yourself” with some slightly altered lyrics.
“And if you think I lie, just ask your boss/ They’ll tell ya ‘you should go and learn Excel’,” Tuttle belts in front of a slide projecting the song’s lyrics, which also include lines like, “My students don’t like it but then they see the light/ And they never like to admit that I was right.” You can watch Tuttle’s full performance below.
Eagerly awaiting a Selena Gomez inspired response about Microsoft Word…
Correction: An earlier version of this post referred to the lecturer by the wrong first name.
He turns from the podium. He hugs his wife. He turns to embrace his father, and in doing so, first accidentally punches said wife. Then he elbows her in the face. When U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas ended his bid for the presidency Tuesday, he didn’t just end a campaign. He ended a streak of Internet meme gold.
Breaking news alerts gradually gave way to GIFs of Heidi Cruz’s facial distress.That pugilistic moment competed for Twitter timeline space with serious news analysis of Cruz dropping out of the Republican race. It was fitting that the senator’s campaign would eke out one more viral moment as the Grim Reaper came.
Cruz’s stunted road to the White House was pockmarked with buzzed-about awkwardness and almost as many attempts to counteract it with pre-fab memes. Which were, for better or worse, just as awkward.
A brief highlight reel of Cruz’s most viral moments:
And that’s not even touching on some of the former candidate’s jarring interactions with others, the subject of much online conversation — daughter Caroline fleeing from his embrace on the trail; college roommate Craig Mazin continually roasting him on Twitter; former U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner referring to him as “Lucifer in the flesh”; and a spidery and flailing hand-clasp with Carly Fiorina, his Hail Mary pass of a running mate.
Donald Trump may have soundly defeated Cruz in the political world. But online, the race for dominance was far closer, at least until last week.
Tonight, according to his office, the mayor plans to go to the rodeo with his wife and friends. Official reason: “Because it’s fun, and it’s his birthday.”
Since Adler has officially gone on the record as enjoying fun, we decided to dig into the archive to make sure he has not flip-flopped from the previous anti-fun positions. According to photo and video evidence of the mayor dancing to Pharrell’s smash hit “Happy,” Adler has indeed had fun in the past.
On Jan. 28, representatives from the City of Austin employee wellness program, Healthy Connections, led the Austin City Council chamber in a dance routine as part of encouraging a healthy lifestyle. Among the participants were Council Member Sherri Gallo, city manager Marc Ott and Adler.
Donald Trump easily won the South Carolina GOP primary Saturday, beating U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida by more than 10 percent.
Perhaps more interesting than his primary win, however, is how The Donald’s personality is being received at Texas State University in San Marcos, according to The San Antonio Express-News.
Video recently surfaced of a Texas State student dressed in short shorts, a blazer and a toupee. He calls himself “Donald Tramp” and his dream is to “Make Short Shorts Great Again.”
In the Feb. 10 video shared by Facebook user BOY CHAD, student Kristoffer Ian Celera can be seen dancing seductively and yelling “Vote for me, Donald Tramp!” before standing up and starting a striptease.
According to Celera’s Facebook profile, he is studying computer science at Texas State and “likes” several political organizations on the site, like “Students For Rand” and “Young Americans For Liberty.”
“A photo of Celera in the Trump costume he wears in the video can be seen on his profile, originally posted on Oct. 29.
Comments on the original photo include “I love you Kris. That is an AMAZING costume!” and “that jacket is BARELY long enough o__o.”
If you’ve been keeping up with Texas State in the last few weeks, you’ll know this isn’t the first time its students have made national headlines. The day before Celera’s Tramp Dance, a female student laid on a table in her underwear covered in nothing but Chick-fil-A foods. She previously sat topless on the library steps about a year ago. And there’s also the student who decided to use a Barbie Jeep to drive around campus after her license was suspended following a DWI.
What a time to be alive. Maybe Trump can get Celera to help him out on the campaign trail.
On a related note, IFC put together their own list of “10 Things You Need To Know Before Moving To Austin.” It’s full of the usual suspects — bats, Whole Foods, Alamo Drafthouse — but also kind of hits the nail on the head about our city being “packed to the gills with artists, musicians, hipsters, freaks, and oddballs” that keep Austin weird.
The IFC comedy, which recently returned for its sixth season, takes Armisen to Texas in the third episode, “Shville.” From the episode’s summary: “Fred wants to do something big with his life so he moves to Austin.”
Let’s just say that in the “Portlandia” version of Austin, the mayor doesn’t quite look like Steve Adler. Watch a clip called “Welcome to Austin” below.
In the clip, Austin’s fictional mayor — who looks an awful lot like Kinky Friedman had a baby with Kyle MacLachlan, the fictional mayor of Portland — helps Armisen tell the difference between an uncool neighborhood (strollers, intimidating cats) and a cool neighborhood. A cool neighborhood, the mayor explains, features cameos from local businesses like Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors; record stores End of an Ear and Waterloo Records; and bars Barton Springs Saloon, Gibson Street Bar and G&S Lounge, whose owner apparently went to high school with Iggy Pop.
If being cool is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Tune in Thursday at 9 p.m. to find out how else the show deflates our citywide ego.
Correction: An earlier version of this post referred to the actor who plays the mayor of Austin as Kyle Chandler. It’s Kyle McLachlan. We had “Friday Night Lights” on the brain, as usual.